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How important is staying close to home when going off to college?

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Ken’s Answer


It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##

Here are some good tips on reducing college costs:  http://www.educationplanner.org/students/paying-for-school/ways-to-pay/reduce-college-costs.shtml

The most important thing is to get to know yourself well enough to develop a clear career focus and then talk to people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice they might have for your.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

Sia’s Answer


Hi Destney,

Like Jacqueline mentioned, it is a personal decision (or one that you make with your family). But here are some things you should consider:

(1) If you get homesick, what would you do? Will you just up and leave? Or will you push through it?

(2) How often do you need to see your family? Can you get by with not seeing them every weekend?

I went out of state for college and saw my family every two months. I didn't have any issues with that though because I rarely got homesick. Going out of state was a great experience and I highly recommend it, but it's not for everyone.

Best of luck!

Sia recommends the following next steps:

  • Visit the college! It will give you a better sense of what it be like if you were to go there.

Jacqueline’s Answer


Hi Destney,

It's really a personal decision. My own experience was that I stayed local for my undergraduate degree degree and commuted to school. In part due to finances and at 17 I was not ready to live away from home. For my graduate program, I deceided that I needed to be within a doable driving distance, in the event of an emergency at home that I needed to come home for the day or weekend. For me, that distance was 4 hours. I looked at schools within a 4 hour driving distance, primarily in the northeast. I also had the option of applying to schools in NYC but decided that I would not have done well commuting by bus to NYC everyday.

Additionally, this decision might also be determined in part by finances and the distance of the school, you are attending, whether you have reliable transportation to school, etc.

Good Luck.

Jacqueline recommends the following next steps:

  • Think about what is important to you in terms of schools and programs. Sometimes the school and/or your program determines the answer.
  • Once you have decided on the school you want to attend, figure out how far it is from your home by car and/or public transportation.
  • Ask yourself, is it a doable commute 4 to 5 days a week? How many days a week will you be on campus? What is the cost of living on campus? What is the cost of commuting (car, insurance, bus/train fare, time, etc)?